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Lutherans around PA will celebrate the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. See below for official synodical events. If your congregation or community is celebrating in a different way, let us know at LAMPa@lutheranadvocacypa.org.


Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod

Sunday, January 14, 2024

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the ELCA and the African Descent Lutheran Association Philadelphia Chapter are hosting a Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Worship Service.

When: 3:00 p.m.

Where: Christ’s Lutheran Church in Oreland.

Monday, January 15, 2024 – Martin Luther King, Jr., Day 2024

Join Lutheran Disaster Response – Eastern PA in marking Martin Luther King Jr. Day in service to neighbors near and far.

Join volunteers at the Philadelphia campus of United Lutheran Seminary to collect and assemble disaster and hygiene kits and to learn basic repair and rebuilding skills such as spackling, painting, safety and use of power tools — skills that can be put to use in disaster response or other service projects.

For more information, email Heidi Shilanskas at hshilanskas@gmail.com.


9:30 a.m.  Arrival (coffee and snacks available)

Pack kits and Open House Tables


12:00 p.m.  Community Lunch

Registration is required for lunch.

A free will offering will be collected to offset lunch costs.

All ages are welcome.

You can visit the event page on the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod website here.


Lower Susquehanna Synod

Sunday, January 14, 2024

Be part of a Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Interfaith Celebration, co-sponsored by the Lower Susquehanna Synod of the ELCA.

The celebration’s theme is Building Beloved Community: A Theology of Doing. For more information about the theme and its roots in Dr. King’s philosophy of nonviolence and social change, visit this page.

Join a panel moderated by the Rev. Carla Christopher and featuring the Rev. Matthew Best, along with an intergenerational and multi-racial gathering of faith leaders across traditions and areas of the Harrisburg Metropolitan Area.

When: 3:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Where: Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, 2339 N. 6th Street, Harrisburg, PA, 17110

The event includes a worship service, a panel, and an advocacy fair with refreshments.


St. John’s Lutheran Church, Melrose Park – MLK Day of Service Project

Members of St. John’s Lutheran Church are making fleece scarves for The Welcome Church.

They are also assembling Soups in a Jar for cancer patients to be served by the Breathing Room in Elkins Park.

Activities will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on MLK Day.

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